The creator of Peaky Blinders has been understandably roped in to write a brand new BBC drama about the SAS, based on the book SAS Rogue Heroes by Ben Macintyre.

Steven Knight, the creator of the legendary Peaky Blinders will be taking the helm of writing this new BBC, which as of yet has no release date. The series will be taking a deep look into the Special Air Service right from its inception in the early 1940s.

To be honest, this isn’t something I’m too clued up on and I really should be.


An official synopsis from the BBC, which has commissioned the show, reads: “It will tell the story behind the revolutionary thinking which led to the creation of a new form of combat and warfare in the deserts of North Africa.

“Celebrating the glory, action and camaraderie at the heart of this story, the series will delve into the psychology of the flawed, reckless but astonishingly brave group of maverick officers and men who formed the SAS in the darkest days of World War Two.


And apparently, your boy Tom Hardy is in the running for a starring role.

Knight added: “This will be a secret history telling the story of exceptional soldiers who decided battles and won wars only to then disappear back in the shadows.”


Knight really does have a knack for this historical stuff eh?

While BBC’s controller of drama Piers Wenger added that he was excited to see the ‘swagger’ Knight would bring to the project.

Wenger said:

“It is an honour to be working once again with the great Steve Knight. SAS: Rogue Heroes will lift the lid on the origins of one of Britain’s most iconic institutions and explore the characters, courage and flaws of the men involved with all of the honesty and swagger we have come to expect from Steve.”

I haven’t read the book to be honest, nor did I know it was a bestseller either, however it is hoped that the programme will encourage people to read more into the subject.

Maybe more people will read Ben’s work after this recognition too, especially as these people truly did “disappear back in the shadows” as Knight as already highlighted.


As well as the release date being up in the air (no pun intended), we also don’t know as of yet who’s going to be starring in this possible smash hit. We do know he’s also writing a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol (another one?) for the BBC and currently in the lineup are the usual suspects such as Tom Hardy and Stephen Graham.


I’m interested to see where Mr Hardy fits into this lineup but we’ll go with it. Will we see the same calibre of talent in this SAS adaptation?

If this series is produced in a sensitive, informative and realistic way it could be a huge hit. Who doesn’t love history and war stuff?

Let’s also remember that 2 more seasons of Peaky Blinders have been announced too.

When is Peaky Blinders season 5 out?

Well,  on the topic of PB, the BBC have announced that season 5 of the gangster drama will be airing on the 25th of August. This week!

What channel is Peaky Blinders on?

The Peaky effing Blinders are moving home from BBC2 to BBC1!

Furthermore, star Helen McCrory revealed that season 5 is “disgustingly violent”.

She said:

I’ve only seen episode one, and there’s a whole bit […]

I look away from the screen. I, as Helen, can’t watch it. I think it’s disgusting, gratuitous violence. It is… no, not gratuitous – disgustingly violent.

But it is. And it should be. I think it’s much more disturbing than somebody slashes somebody’s face or somebody shoots somebody and it’s all just the end of it.”

Bring it on.

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